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Old 10-07-2012, 12:00 AM
 
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There is a massive dog park at piedmont park. I would recommend living in midtown or Virginia highland. Decatur is ok but gets old after about a month and seems to be more for families.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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I could always move to Washington, D.C. but I would rather live in a warmer climate. Is the humidity in Atlanta really that bad in summer on top of urban heat?
Humidity is actually much worse in the DC area on account of that area being a low lying coastal plain.
Most days in the summer are hotter there too although their hot season is a couple of WEEKS shorter. Lots of gnats and skeeters there too. Look in a weather almanac and compare Atlanta's summer with DC's if you don't want to take my word for it. That's not to say it isn't extremely hot and humid here, but it's not as bad as DC in my opinion.

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Thank you for explaining each area in details! Your post helped me out alot. It sounds like Midtown and Decatur are the best matches for me. I don't mind living in a suburb as long it is very close to Atlanta with urban feeling to it.

Paved walking trails at Piedmont Park sound perfect! I happen to have a dog myself.

I can always attend gay outdoor group and go sailing at Lanier on the weekends.
You're very welcome! Just remember that living in-town like that probably means you won't have a yard where you can just let your dog out. So every time their bladder has to be emptied, you have to go walk them.

The closest marina on lake lanier to mid town is about 45 miles away. Or about $16 in gas away if you have guzzlers like I do.

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Which part of Atlanta does most gay men raise their family? Just curious. I know most lesbians raise theirs in Avondale Estates.
Lesbians seem to be all over. Even way out by me. In my neighborhood actually. Men on the other hand, I have yet to come across one same sex couple that is raising children. I don't know where they are, but they aren't here.

Atlanta still has a lot of hate and intolerance and the chance of there ever being marriage equality is slim. There's just too many religious extremists here. Even the folks that are democrats... they don't support marriage equality. Just know that this is no Toronto or DC or somewhere like that.

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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I plan to leave rural West Virginia for city living in Atlanta. I have never been to the city so I am hoping that Atlantans can help me to find a great neighborhood to live based on what I am looking for (listed below).

I am a young white male wanting to live in an open-minded, progressive to liberal areas with good diversity.

I happen to be gay so I want to be myself and out of the closet. I am not interested in dating scenes where gay men like to jump around so I hope it is not that bad in Atlanta. I want to find the right partner to be together and adopt children some day.

Although I will be fresh out of college in December, I will have B.A. degrees in TV Broadcasting and Journalism so my career options are most likely to be in Downtown Atlanta.

I enjoy traveling, shopping, sailing (interested in sailing/yacht clubs by a lake), hiking trails at a scenic city park, and hanging out at local shops/restaurants/bookstores.

Do you have any ideal neighborhoods that match my needs?

So far, I only read about Druid Hills, N. Druid Hills, Decatur, N. Decatur, Midtown, Buckhead, Virginia-Highland, Piedmont Heights, Morningside-Lenox, Inman Park/Aktins Park, and nearby suburbs of Snellville, Tucker, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Mt. Paran, and Vinings but it is hard to narrow them down.
for networking, look up our ATL Alumni chapter -- Peach State Alumni Group. You may find some folks in your field.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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Men on the other hand, I have yet to come across one same sex couple that is raising children. I don't know where they are, but they aren't here.
I know several gay couples with kids in Buckhead, Grant Park, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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I know several gay couples with kids in Buckhead, Grant Park, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs.
I have several friends who are gay and raising children. It isn't uncommon here, but you don't see them out on the town much - just like you don't see anyone with kids out all that much. It's a huge time commitment raising children.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:23 PM
 
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Thanks for the information! What are the bad areas in Atlanta to avoid other than South Atlanta, Riverdale, and East Atlanta for living and passing through?
There are great areas in both south and east Atlanta, so there is no need to avoid them completely. East Point has been particularly popular with gay couples over the past few years, and East Atlanta is very gay as well.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I know most gay men my age like to jump around. I enjoy dating but I do have respect and high standards for myself. I know there will be some out there that want to settle down with the right partner. Hopefully, it won't be that difficult in Atlanta. Which part of Atlanta does most gay men raise their family? Just curious. I know most lesbians raise theirs in Avondale Estates.
I don't think there is any one area where gay men (or lesbians, for that matter) raise their families. Decatur is liberal (it has some nicknames related to its gay/lesbian population) but may not be as urban as you think you want. Midtown is also very gay-friendly but more geared towards young professionals than families.

I have two strong recommendations:

1) Visit Atlanta and spend some a few days driving around the various neighborhoods. In places where you feel comfortable, get out and walk around, have lunch or dinner or a cocktail, get a real feel for the area and whether you'd like to live there. When you get it narrowed down to a few choices, do the same thing again at night. Find out where you'd walk your dog, where you'd buy groceries, where you'd have coffee. We can give you opinions all day long, but there is no substitute for checking it out in person. If you're moving from a very rural area, it's going to be a lot different no matter where you live, and we can't tell you where you'll feel most comfortable. You may not like it at all, or you may fall in love with a particular area.

2) Find a job here before deciding where to live. The Atlanta job market here is pretty tough right now, and it's even more so in media. Also, Atlanta traffic is awful and you definitely want to avoid a horrible commute if at all possible. You may want to live in Decatur or Midtown, but if you end up working in Alpharetta you may regret being stuck in traffic for 3 hours/day.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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There are great areas in both south and east Atlanta, so there is no need to avoid them completely. East Point has been particularly popular with gay couples over the past few years, and East Atlanta is very gay as well.
There are nice neighborhoods in East Atlanta. eg: Kirkwood, East Atlanta, East Lake, Edgewood, Candler Park, and Lake Claire. Most intown neighborhoods are accepting of all types of people, this is especially true of the neighborhoods east of the Downtown Connector (75/85).
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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That said, you will certainly enjoy Atlanta more than rural West Virginia.
Morgantown isn't really rural West Virginia, per se. It's actually pretty similar to Athens, if that gives you any indication of the type of place that he's moving from.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:23 AM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Morgantown isn't really rural West Virginia, per se. It's actually pretty similar to Athens, if that gives you any indication of the type of place that he's moving from.
True, but Morgantown is not gay-friendly as Atlanta and even Athens. The gay community here is nonexistent and the biggest one nearby is 80 miles away in Pittsburgh, PA.

Athens has a few gay bars and Gay Straight Alliance or similar organization for GLBT at the University of Georgia. There is still a big difference between Morgantown and Athens. LOL

I am only in Morgantown for college. I have family in rural towns of Williamson, Matewan (Home of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud), and Elkins. Now that's rural West Virginia!
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